Two weeks later

Lucius sipped his whiskey, surveying his library. He was home, yet it felt foreign. Lucius had always been a Death Eater, now what should he do with his life? The Ministry of Magic hadn't come to him yet, he figured they would soon, to find out what happened the night on the hill. As soon as Harry told his story, they would be flocking his home, investigating every detail of his life.

He closed his eyes, but opened them quickly. Every time he left them closed he saw Hermione embracing Ron, kissing him with her beautiful lips, her eyes full of love for him.

Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
And I can't keep picturing you with him
And it hurts so bad, yeah
Cause it's all in my head
I think about it over and over again
I replay it over and over again
And I can't take it yeah I can't shake it
Nooo

I can't wait to see you
Want to see if you still got that look in your eyes
That one you had for me before we said our goodbyes
And it's a shame that we got to spend our time
Being mad about the same things
Over and over again
About the same things
Over and over again
Ohh
But I think she's leaving
Ooh man she's leaving
I don't know what else to do
(I Can't go on not loving you)

Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
And I can't keep picturing you with him
And it hurts so bad, yeah
Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
I replay it over and over again yeah
And I can't take it yeah I can't shake it
Nooo

I remember the day you left
I remember the last breath you took right in front of me
When you said that u would leave
I was too damn stubborn to try to stop you or say anything
But I see clearly now
And this choice I made keep playing in my head
Over and over again
Playing my head
Over and over again
Ohh
I think she's leaving
Ooh man she's leaving
I don't know what else to do
(I Can't go on not loving you)

Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
And I can't keep picturing you with him
And it hurts so bad, yeah
Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
I replay it over and over again
And I can't take it I can't shake it
Nooo

Now that I've realized that I'm going down
From all this pain you've put me through
Every time I close my eyes I like it down
I can't go on not loving you

Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
And I can't keep picturing you with him
And it hurts so bad, yeah
Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
I replay it over and over again
And I can't take it I can't shake it
Nooo

Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
And I can't keep picturing you with him
And it hurts so bad, yeah
Cause its all in my head
I think about it over and over again
I replay it over and over again
And I can't take it I can't shake it
Nooo

Over and Over again
Over and Over again
Cause it's all in my head

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Hermione rubed the kinks out of her neck as she sat in the back of the Ministry car. Ithad beentwo weeks since the battle,and they were all finally released from the hospital after being told they were healthy. She thought they had keptthem for to long, but Dumbledore had insisted, espically with Ron's slow recovery. The first thing she was going to do when she got back to Hogwarts was take a long bath and cry her heart out.

The Death Eaters were all gone. Lucius had been killed. This shouldn't bother her, but it did. It hurt because she saw the good he could have become if had chosen to walk away from Voldemort, instead he died by the wizards side.

They arrived at Hogwarts late, and Hermione took her bath, before falling asleep quickly. Tomorrow they were meeting with the Ministry and Dumbledore, whre Harry would finally be able to tell everyone what had happened.

The Ministry had decided he was not to tell anyone until he had recovered. Hermione figured Dumbledore had to do with that, knowing Harry needed some time to recover. She was anxious to hear what had happened though.

The next morning, Dumbledore rushed the group into his office. The full Ministry of Magic was there, as well as all of the Professors. She took a seat next to Remus Lupin, and tried to mentally prepare herself for knowing what her best friend went though.

"I know you just got back, but we must do this now, so that the Ministry of Magic can clear all of this up, and we can get on with our lives." Dumbledore said, smiling. "They need to know what happened up on the hill Harry, they have to record it."

Harry nodded before explaining the events of the night. He explained the Latin curse, the pain it caused. He told them about the Death Eater helping him, betraying Voldemort.

"Which death eater?" Lupin spoke up and asked.

Harry looked right at Hermione as he spoke. "Lucius Malfoy."

Hermione's heart stopped. Lucius wasn't dead? Lucius had betrayed Voldemort and saved Harry? Her mind began to spin quickly.

She realized Harry was still talking. "…didn't want to waste anymore of his life on the evil Voldemort spread. He said he was in love, and realized there was more to life."

"He was in love?" Hermione screeched, before realizing she had said it out loud. She clamped her hands over her mouth.

"I know, it is hard to believe Luciusknows how to love.." Snape observed from his corner, not realizing why Hermione was shocked.

Harry nodded. He bit his lower lip before looking back at Hermione. "He saw you kissing Ron. He didn't know it was a counter curse, he thought you were….you know….kissing Ron out of love.." Harry explained.

Everyone looked at Harry confused. Hermione felt tears begin to trickle down her face. "He really betrayed Voldemort?" she asked her friend.

Harry nodded at her. "You still have time Hermione." he said softly.

"Hermione?" Dumbledore said, "What is going on?"

She looked at him. "I have to go! I love him too Dumbledore, I have to go explain what happened!" she said, looking wildly around the room, trying to figure out how to get to him the fastest.

Harry took her hand and led her to the fireplace. He reached into the floo powder and handed her some.

"I wouldn't help you if I thought he would hurt you Hermione. I was up there, I saw the pain in his eyes." Harry said, kissing her softly on the cheek before pushing her into the fireplace. "Malfoy Manor" she called as the flames took her.

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Lucius jumped as he heard someone enter his fireplace. He spun around, expecting the Ministry of Magic. Instead there was Hermione. Her hair was a mess, soot covered her face, her clothes were wrinkled and dirty, and yet she was the most beautiful creature he had ever seen.

"Hermione?" he asked, blinking.

"I found out what you did Lucius. I don't know what to say. I kissed Ron because it was the counter curse to the spell he had been hit with. I didn't know you saw. I thought you were dead. I couldn't handle thinking…." Hermione was babbling, not knowing what to say, when she was cut off by the feel of his lips.

He murmured against her skin. "Hermione, I was going crazy. I thought you loved Ron. I saw you kissing him, and felt my soul get ripped out. I love you silly girl, I can't help it. I tried to fight it, but damn it, I can't. I would close my eyes, and just see you and him over and over again. It was killing me"

"I love you Lucius." Hermione whispered as she kissed him again. "Only you."